"So far we have reports of 23 deaths. The toll may go up," said Additional Divisional Railway Manager Sunanda Arun.
The train was on its way from Karnataka's Bangalore city to Nanded in Maharashtra when it caught fire around 3.15 am.
According to reports, there were about 54 passengers in the B1 compartment of the train.
Reason behind the fire is yet to be ascertained.
The helpline numbers are:
For Bangalore: 080-22354108, 22259271, 22156554,
For Puttaparthi: 08555-280125
For Hyderabad: 040- 23310680
--IBNS (Posted on 28-12-2013)